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The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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The third race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category, Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes (renamed in 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) is run on the last day of the Royal Meeting.

It boasts Lester Piggott as its most successful jockey and Vincent O’Brien as its most successful trainer. You can’t get much better than that. In a vote for the greatest figure in the history of horseracing conducted by the Racing Post newspaper, O’Brien came first, with his long-standing stable jockey Piggott coming second.

O’Brien was the sort of man best described by what he did not achieve rather than what he did. The Irishman, in short, dominated National Hunt racing – three Grand Nationals in a row – dominated Flat racing – training six Derby winners – then helped set up the legendary Coolmore Stud. But even he could not claim to be associated with the Golden Jubilee’s most successful horse, Prince Charlie, who won the race three times in a row from 1872.

The Diamond Jubilee is run just four days after the Kings Stand Stakes on the first day of Ascot’s Royal  Meeting, but some horses contest both races and the brilliant Australian-trained sprinter, Choisir, memorably wrote his name into the record books by winning them both in 2003.

Established in 1868 and originally known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes, the race was upgraded to Group 1 status and renamed to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, before taking on its new title of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012.  It is open to three-year-olds or older horses and is run over 6 furlongs (1,200 metres).

In 2014 Irish trainer Edward Lynam saddled both the winner of the King’s Stand Stakes (Sole Power) and the Diamond Jubilee with Slade Power, a remarkable achievement.

Current leading jockey: Tom Queally (2009 and 2017), Ryan Moore (2016 and 2018)
Current leading trainers: Dermot Weld, 2 wins (1984, 1987); Aidan O’Brien (2010 and 2018)

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Blue Point pulls off famous double

Blue Point became the first horse since Australian sprinter Choisir in 2003 to complete the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes double at Royal Ascot.

Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by James Doyle, the five-year-old son of Shamardal won the £600,000 event by a head from Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams.

Kachy, who made much of the running, was another two-and-a-half lengths back in third, with Speak In Colours fourth.

Blue Point, sent off the 6/4 favourite, has now won five of his six starts at Ascot and Newmarket handler Appleby was emotional when discussing the star sprinter after the race.

He said after the QIPCO British Champions Series contest: “Blue Point had eaten up after the King’s Stand Stakes and we got fluids and everything else into him quite quickly after the race.

“He is a horse who gains weight quickly and the most encouraging part was this morning was when we weighed him on the horsebox and he weighed 536kg which is bang on his weight.

“I just knew he was in good order and if anything I thought he was more relaxed today.

“It’s great for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin. The team at home have done a phenomenal job and I could go on and on thanking an awful lot of people.

“It’s very sporting of Sheikh Mohammed to allow me to run this horse back so quickly, but it is also what racing is all about – letting these horses do what they are good at.

“Words can’t describe what we think about this horse. He showed huge courage today. Full credit has to go to the horse.

“I’m in a very fortunate position that I get to train these fantastic horses.”

Of plans for Blue Point, he added: “We will let the dust settle, this was always going to be his last year, win lose or draw. We’ll enjoy this moment and let the horse have a rest – he probably needs it for a couple of weeks.”

Doyle said: “Blue Point is a horse you only dream about having. He has really learnt what his job is about and he has got better and better with each race.

“He went down to the start today like an ultimate professional. He jumps, travels and does everything he wants you to do.

“Blue Point gave me an unbelievable feeling. I said to Charlie after his last piece of work before the King’s Stand that I thought he was the quickest horse I have ever ridden, and he certainly is that.”

Danny Tudhope, who rode Dream Of Dreams, said: “Dream Of Dreams has run great and in another stride I would have won. He is a better horse now.”

Richard Kingscote, jockey of Kachy, commented: “Kachy ran a career-best. He enjoyed himself, put it to them, and got beat by the best going.”

Oisin Murphy, partnering The Tin Man, who was sixth, said: “It was a super run from The Tin Man, he just lacked the acceleration late on. It is a fantastic result for racing – Blue Point is a true champion.”

P J McDonald aboard seventh-placed Invincible Army reported: “I was in the box seat with a lovely position, but for some reason did not gallop out through the line and was weak the last furlong.”

 

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

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